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November 04, 2014

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7:32 PM | Schweddy balls: NPR’s advice on ‘how to buy the safest meat and make the juiciest steaks’
U.S. National Public Radio is a continual target of satire and for good reason. “Free range’ can be a bit of a misnomer,” Bridget Lancaster, executive food editor of the Test Kitchen, tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “When you see … Continue reading →
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7:11 PM | Norway Seafoods recalls products in Denmark over Listeria risk
Norway Seafoods has recalled products sold in Denmark at the supermarket chains Irma and DognNetto, citing potential risk of Listeria, reported iLaks.no. Products were also recalled from Fotex and Bilka. Listeria was found at one of the production sites. The … Continue reading →
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6:49 PM | It’s not cute: Salmonella risks to babies through pet food
Anyone who has pets and babies knows that when they learn to crawl – the human babies – they head straight for the dish of pet food on the floor. The bubblegum pop idiocy that is television’s Good Morning America, … Continue reading →
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6:40 PM | Saudi MOH Announces New MERS Infection Control Procedures
  # 9286   The recent surge in MERS cases (48+ cases over 60 days), after a very quiet July and August, serves as a reminder that not only does the MERS coronavirus continues to circulate on the Arabian Peninsula, but that hospitals have frequently been the locus of transmission.    Today the Saudi MOH has announced new Infection Control Procedures to aid in the controlling of the MERS coronavirus, including the designation of 17 MERS receiving hospitals and […]
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5:42 PM | Amborella, the Ancient Shrub with the Hoard of Foreign Genes
“Amborella trichopoda (3173820625)-2” by Amborella_trichopoda_(3173820625).jpg: Scott Zona from USA derivative work: Bff – Amborella_trichopoda_(3173820625).jpg. Licensed under CC... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:33 PM | "There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome" — Ed Yong,...
"There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome" — Ed Yong, NYTimes. The microbiome is where ecology meets medicine: We need to start thinking about it as an ecosystem, like a rain forest or grassland, with all the complexities that entails. And just as the gorillas and leopards of African forests differ from the wolves and moose of American ones, so, too, do microbiomes vary around the world.
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4:04 PM | CDC Ebola Guidance: Web Based PPE Training
# 9285   Perhaps the number one Ebola-related priority for healthcare workers right now is learning how to properly don and doff PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment). Given the complexities, this isn’t something you can practice once, and commit to memory.   It takes practice   I’ve highlighted PPE training several times in recent weeks, including:   Video: The Emory Ebola PPE Doffing Protocol The Ebola PPE Demonstration Video UNMC: The […]
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3:14 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 More MERS Cases In Riyadh
# 9284   For the second day running, KSA’s MOH is reporting a pair of MERS cases in Riyadh.  Both are in their 30s, and a route of exposure has not been determined for either of them.   The MOH also announced 3 recoveries, leaving 15 active cases under treatment.
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12:49 PM | UK PHE: Revisiting Influenza Antiviral Recommendations
Credit UK PHE   # 9283   Last spring the Cochrane group made headlines (again) for their less-than-sparkling review of the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®), which cast doubts on its efficacy and on the wisdom of governments around the world stockpiling the drug. (see Revisiting Tamiflu Efficacy (Again)).   The Cochrane Summary is available at: Neuraminidase inhibitors for preventing and treating influenza in healthy adults and children […]
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8:16 AM | 40 sick at NAACP annual gala; Hotel Sofitel Norovirus outbreak wasn’t contained
The outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores continued days after last month’s ill-fated NAACP dinner, leading the hotel to temporarily shut down all its food operations for disinfection. The hotel and San Mateo County Health System … Continue reading →
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8:03 AM | Demand or told they want it ($$$) Meat companies go antibiotics-free as more consumers demand it
I have concerns about indiscriminate use of antibiotics as sub-therapeutics, but they also have a role in reducing disease. According to the The Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration, responding to concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, asked drug and … Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | Poop on a plane forces turnaround
Virgin Australia has said no human waste was sloshing down the aisle of a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, contrary to passenger reports. Flight VA2 turned around when liquid from the bathrooms was found in the aisle.  “The onboard … Continue reading →
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3:46 AM | It’s only been 18 years since Odwalla: Cider recall has producer on the defensive
When Amy provides some medical advice, I remind her she’s not a medical doctor or scientist, she’s a doctor of French professoring. So when a farmer says, one bad batch of unpasteurized apple cider shouldn’t scare the public away from … Continue reading →
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3:24 AM | It was the Campy in raw milk provided by parents that sickened 38 related to a Wisconsin high school football team
When Bri­anna Win­nekins, 18, was ad­mit­ted to Chippewa Val­ley Hospi­tal in Du­rand Sept. 22, her par­ents, Karla and Brian, had no idea what was caus­ing her symp­toms, which in­cluded a 105-de­gree fever. It didn’t take long be­fore more Du­rand High … Continue reading →
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2:36 AM | This is the song that never ends: Regulations for sale of raw milk being considered in Ireland (paid for by taxpayers)
Regulatory standards for the sale of raw milk are being examined by the Irish Department of Agriculture, following years of uncertainty over the sale of the milk, which is not pasteurized. The department banned the sale of raw cow’s milk … Continue reading →
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2:28 AM | Still prefer scores on doors: UK diners should ‘look before they book’
Festive diners are advised to ‘look before they book’ when planning a Christmas meal out in Bucks. The Food Standards Agency said people should check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating, which is determined by local authority food safety officers. Restaurants … Continue reading →
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2:21 AM | Villagers in China ordered to alert authorities if they hold outdoor banquets
Villagers holding banquets with more than 40 guests in Zhoukou, Henan province, will have to inform the authorities in advance in a bid to combat food poisoning, it has been reported. Some critics have said the new policy discriminated against … Continue reading →
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1:42 AM | Beware those berries: Three simultaneous, foodborne, multi-country outbreaks of hepatitis A in 2013
I love the berries fresh, so I moved to a sub-tropical climate where we have a steady supply. I love the berries frozen, because of convenience and continual availability. But there’s been a lot of outbreaks on berries of late … Continue reading →
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1:20 AM | 9 sick with Salmonella, Arkansas restaurant closes
KAIT-TV reports that a restaurant in Benton has closed voluntarily after an outbreak of salmonellosis. The state Health Department says nine cases have been confirmed. The Cafe Santa Fe will reopen after it receives approval from the Health Department to assure … Continue reading →
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12:40 AM | Successful produce marketing requires digital tools – and selling safety at retail
If you thought that the Internet and social media were passing fads and could be ignored as marketing tools, Dan’l Mackey Almy said think again. “It’s main stay,” said the president and chief executive officer of Irving, Texas-based DMA Solutions. … Continue reading →

November 03, 2014

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11:57 PM | Turning poop into gold: Inactivation of pathogens during aerobic composting of fresh and aged dairy manure and different carbon amendments
Composting is hard. It sounds easy, but in reality, it takes work and there are a lot of variables that impact on the microbiological safety of the final product. Because we live in central Brisbane in an all concrete townhouse, … Continue reading →
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10:27 PM | Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Man Walk Once Again
Scientists at UCL have performed a groundbreaking procedure which utilizes specialized nose cells, otherwise known ass Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OEC), to restore function to the legs of a man who was previously paralyzed in a knife attack. The procedure involves removing the olfactory bulb from the brain of the recipient and subsequently growing the OEC […]
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9:57 PM | A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source
Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell. Unlike other “transparent” solar cells that we’ve…The post A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source appeared first on Just Science.
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9:57 PM | How Does Mining Affect the Environment
Many people are asking how does mining affect the environment. It is a great question and the answer is not as clean and clear, as one would hope to find. How Does Mining Affect the Environment – The Trees It does not take a rocket scientist to look…The post How Does Mining Affect the Environment appeared first on Just Science.
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7:18 PM | WHO Update On MERS: Saudi Arabia – Nov 3rd
  # 9282   The World Health Organization has published an update on the 1 dozen new MERS cases reported by Saudi Arabia between October 18th and the 26th.   Note: Since that cutoff date, we’ve seen 14 additional cases announced out of KSA.   While recent reports have often mentioned camels as a likely source of infection, in today’s report none of the cases reported direct contact with camels or camel products. However 2/3rds had contact with […]
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3:21 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases In Riyadh
    # 9281 After a weekend without any new cases reported, the Saudi MOH has announced 2 new cases in Riyadh.  Last week, more than a dozen new cases were reported across the Kingdom – the biggest week of case announcements since the end of last spring’s outbreak.   While we continue to see reports suggesting both camel (or camel product) exposure, and nosocomial spread (particularly in dialysis units) are helping to drive outbreaks, we are […]
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2:58 PM | BacterioFiles 189 - Saliva Slows Sprout Supporter
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva! Download Episode (5.4 MB, 5.9 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Early-life exposure to microbes seems linked to less asthma Bacteria help tomato plants tolerate salt (paper) Bacteria infecting mosquitoes could control malaria transmission Phages are increasingly of interest for treating infections Feeding […]
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1:30 PM | Navel-gazing in NYC
We’re headed back to the Big Apple this week – this time, not in search of ants, but BELLY BUTTONS. We’re launching a new research project investigating how belly button microbes – and skin microbes more generally – produce chemical signals, particularly odors, that may signal our attractiveness to mosquitoes. And so we need a few good belly button samples. We’ll use those samples to study the composition of microbes, the odors they produce, and their […]
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1:15 PM | Sierra Leone Reports 5th Doctor To Succumb To Ebola
  # 9280   As I pointed out yesterday in French MOH Statement On UN Employee Evacuated From Sierra Leone With Ebola, as of Friday’s WHO Ebola Response Situation Report:   A total of 523 health-care workers (HCWs) are known to have been infected with EVD up to the end of 29 October: 82 in Guinea; 299 in Liberia; 11 in Nigeria; 127 in Sierra Leone; one in Spain; and three in the United States of America (two were infected in the USA and one in Guinea). A total of […]
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12:28 PM | Jiangsu Province Reports H7N9 Case
Two Waves of H7N9  - Credit Hong Kong’s CHP   # 9279   Although it  emerged less than two years ago (Feb 2013), the H7N9 avian influenza virus has already sparked two sizable human outbreaks in Eastern China – both peaking in late winter – and has shown that it is evolving in worrisome ways, prompting this warning last June from Eurosurveillance: Genetic Tuning Of Avian H7N9 During Interspecies Transmission.   Overall, due to the genetic […]
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